Excerpt: What I think about this camera that hasn't been said already. This is a 2 year old camera that is a good way to get started into photograph. I came from using my old Nikon D40 and 35mm 1.8 lens for many years. The D40 was a good camera but the size made me not want to stick with Nikon. Changing systems are costly but with the Olympus EPL5 at the priced used I think this is an affordable option for someone who is on a budget like me.
Excerpt: I decided to sell my Nikon D7000 to go with a lighter, smaller but still full-featured camera setup. I have 2 young kids so we're already carrying stuff wherever we go and I didn't want the hassle of lugging around a heavy DSLR and lenses. The Olympus PEN EPL-5 is a great micro four thirds system camera for the price point. The reason I ended up going with the Olympus was the combination of price and variety of compatible lenses available to use.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Retro Look, Variety Of Lenses To Use
Cons: Controls A Little Clunky, No Electronic View Finder
Excerpt: Excellent image quality with fast autofocus. The downer is a confusing, confounding, and frustrating menu system that after hours of work, I have not come close to mastering. You must purchase the electronic viewfinder, because the LCD viewfinder is impossible to use under direct sunlight.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: I an ex-pro photographer turned backpacking guide. My gear goes into the backcountry with me regularly, and needs to work no matter what. I've owned all Canon's for the past 10 years. I decided to give the Olympus PL5 a try, because I was looking for a small but powerful camera, and I was intriqued by the pro level lenses. I used the camera for 2 months without any problems, and issuing non stop recommendations to people.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: Serious amateur photo guy looking for a compact camera to replace my ailing Powershot. Looked at all micro 4/3s and soon was down to Panasonic and Olympus due to the lens selection. Wanted to keep the cost of the body down so overlooked some really nice LUMIX and PEN-P5 as the sensor and controllers looked similar in features.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lcd Can Be Rotated, Lightweight, Low Light Sensitivity, Noise Algo Best In Class, Picture quality
Cons: Body Needs Bigger Grip, Body Too Small, Does Not Include Evf, Kit Lens Is Plastic, Menu System A Bit Complex
Excerpt: very good lightweight camera. use included handgrip if you have medium or larger handsmany settings allow artistic effects to be done by beginnersslightly slow autofocus in low light or fast moving subject
Summary: Big fan of Olympus cameras, going back to my first real camera, an OM-1 I bought in 1978 (and still have). Had been keeping my eye on this family of cameras for a while now and finally pulled the trigger a year ago. Also purchased the 40-150mm lens. I've been really happy with this new little rig. Small and light, so, packs easily into a small camera bag I have for hiking. Or my Patagonia MLC travel bag and not take up much space.
Summary: After years of using point and shoot cameras I finally decided to upgrade to something a little more serious. I read a lot of reviews before buying this camera and I would have to say they were all spot on, this is a great little camera. Being so small really helps on the hiking trips I take and with a wide variety of interchangeable lenses you have lots of ways to be creative.
Summary: This item is shipping from Japan, and requires 18 - 32 business days for delivery. If you buy the telephoto lens by itself, along with the camera with the short lens on Olympus's American web site, It's about $620 through June 14th, plus tax shipping etc. In other words very close in price. BUT WAIT, IT GETS BETTER!!! If you don't like the camera, or, it's incompatible with local standards in any way, you the purchaser gets to eat the shipping costs back to Japan.